... in Italy with two major Forces, namely the Police and the Carabinieri, a definite procedure is required for coordination purposes in order to carry out these duties efficiently.
The system is defined in the Law no. 121, dated 1st April 1981, which requires a model of coordination and close unified cooperation to obtain the best possible result for all the Forces concerned and to strengthen each individual component.
The governing body, the Ministry of Internal Affairs, responsible for public security relies on National Committee for Law and Order as well as the Department of Public Security for reference.
The Committee is presided over by the Minister of Internal Affairs and it includes an Under-Secretary of State appointed by the Minister as Vice President, Chief of Police, Director General of Public Security, Commander General of the Carabinieri Force and the Commander General of the Revenue Corps. The Director of Prisons and Director of the Forestry Commission also take part.
The structure of the departments provides the technical-operative coordination of the Police Forces, consequently inter-force and related activities can be found within this structure, in particular in the Office for Coordination and Planning of Police Forces.
This office is occupied with improving and planning public law and order services and optimizing human and economic resources. Locally, the Prefect is the main authority for public security and has general responsibility for public law and order in the Province relying on the Provincial Law and Order Committee for reference.
This Committee is presided over by the Prefect and includes the Chief of Police, Mayor of the major local town, President of the Province, Provincial Commanders of the Carabinieri Force and the Revenue Corps, Provincial Officer of the Forestry Commission as well as Mayors from other local provincial towns when discussion is required on local issues.